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Sep 9, 2014

U.S. report rips Boeing, Raytheon quality controls on missile defense

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s internal
watchdog on Monday said it found numerous quality control
problems during an investigation of the troubled “kill vehicle”,
or warhead, built by Raytheon Co for the Boeing
Co -led U.S. missile defense system.

In the report, the Pentagon’s inspector general said quality
standards were not met in 48 specific cases, involving issues
that ranged from software testing, supply chain requirements and
management of design changes that made the kill vehicle
“suspectible to quality assurance failures.”

Sep 6, 2014

U.S. agency urged to yank vetting firm contract

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers have urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw a $190 million border security contract awarded to a company which checks government employees’ backgrounds and suffered a cyber attack disclosed last month.

Five Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives said this week it was “unconscionable and indefensible” of DHS to award the contract to US Investigations Services (USIS). The company is facing fraud charges from the U.S. Justice Department for “dumping” 665,000 background check cases without conducting proper reviews.

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. eyes deal with South Korea on F-16 upgrades by year-end: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government hopes to hammer out an agreement with South Korea by the end of the year for the U.S. unit of Britain’s BAE Systems Plc (BAES.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to carry out $1 billion-plus of upgrades to more than 130 F-16 fighter jets, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

The U.S. Air Force has been leading talks with Seoul about the second phase of a contract won by BAE in 2012, when it beat out F-16 maker Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to upgrade 134 of South Korea’s fighter jets for $1.3 billion.

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. eyes deal with S.Korea on F-16 upgrades by year-end -sources

By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON, Sept 5(Reuters) – The U.S. government hopes to
hammer out an agreement with South Korea by the end of the year
for the U.S. unit of Britain’s BAE Systems Plc to carry
out $1 billion-plus of upgrades to more than 130 F-16 fighter
jets, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

The U.S. Air Force has been leading talks with Seoul about
the second phase of a contract won by BAE in 2012, when it beat
out F-16 maker Lockheed Martin Corp to upgrade 134 of
South Korea’s fighter jets for $1.3 billion.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. aims to fund alternative to Russian rocket engine in 2016

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government hopes to
add funding to its 2016 budget for alternatives to Russian-made
rocket engines to launch sensitive satellites, a key Pentagon
official said Wednesday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief
weapons buyer, said Russia’s aggression in Ukraine had clearly
increased concerns about America’s dependence on Russia-built
RD-180 rocket engines that power the heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets
used to carry U.S. military and spy satellites into space.

Sep 3, 2014

Pentagon says cost to fix F-35 engine issue “relatively minor”

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Pentagon chief arms buyer
Frank Kendall said the United States was close to a design fix
for the Pratt & Whitney engine that powers Lockheed Martin
Corp’s F-35 fighter jet after a major engine failure in
June, and the cost would be “relatively minor.”

Kendall told reporters after a defense conference that the
Pentagon was setting up test fixtures to ensure that the
corrective action proposed by engine maker Pratt, a unit of
United Technologies Corp was acceptable and adequate.

Sep 3, 2014

Pentagon official sees ‘very, very painful’ 2016 budget process

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief weapons
buyer on Wednesday predicted “very, very painful” negotiations
within the U.S. military as it shapes its fiscal 2016 budget
this fall, given the resumption of mandatory cuts in U.S.
defense spending, and the growing number of national security
threats around the globe.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition,
technology and logistics, said the U.S. military services had
submitted their initial budget plans to top Pentagon leaders on
Tuesday, but his staff already had a large stack of items that
it felt should have been included, but were not.

Sep 2, 2014

Pratt to start testing F-35 engine fix this week -sources

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp
this week will begin testing a design change to fix the
problem that caused a massive engine failure on a Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in June, according to two
sources familiar with the program.

The failure of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine grounded the
entire F-35 fleet for several weeks this summer and prevented
the newest and most advanced U.S. warplane from making its
international debut at two UK air shows. Flights have resumed
but with certain restrictions on speed and other maneuvers.

Aug 31, 2014

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when he said, “We don’t have a strategy yet” for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness.

Aug 25, 2014

Experimental U.S. hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hypersonic weapon being developed by the U.S. military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said.

The weapon is part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within an hour of getting data and permission to launch.